JSE Main Market jumps to close July

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Friday, with the market closing higher after the number of stocks gaining, more than tripled those declining, as investors exchanged 15 percent more stock units than on Thursday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index carved out a gain of 4,915.75 points to settle at 405,893.04; the Main Index gained 4,474.49 points to end at 370,421.97, the JSE Financial Index advanced by 1.37 points to settle at 95.97.
Trading ended with 40 securities changing hands with the prices of 24 stocks rising, the prices of nine declining and seven remaining unchanged and the average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.2 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 13,543,115 shares for $51,906,344 compared to 11,753,324 units at $69,988,700 on Thursday.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 10.67 million shares for 79 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 876,134 units for 6.5 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 509,652 units for 3.8 percent market share.
An average of 338,578 units traded for the day at $1,297,659 for each security, in comparison to an average of 293,833 shares at $1,749,718 on Thursday. An average of 374,929 units traded for the month to date at $2,445,605 for each security that traded, in contrast to 376,532 units at $2,496,231. Trading month to date compares adversely to June that ended with an average of 818,748 units at $7,498,308.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows 13 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Caribbean Cement advanced $2.07 to settle at $48 while exchanging 105,977 stock units, but the stock ended with the offer of 1,986 shares at $45.90. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund gained 70 cents in closing at $47, with investors switching ownership of 28,926 stocks. Jamaica Broilers Group climbed $2.50 to end at $25.50 with investors swapping 264,548 shares, Jamaica Producers Group added $1.20 to close at $23.70 with the trading of 6,933 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose by $1.49 to $23.49, with 43,796 stock units crossing the exchange. JMMB Group climbed 80 cents in ending at $31.80, with an exchange of 197,295 stocks, Kingston Wharves fell $2, to $51, with an exchange of 60 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities rallied 70 cents to end at $8.75 in a transfer of 25,566 shares. NCB Financial increased $2.50 to close at $138.50, with 12,621 stocks crossing the market, 138 Student Living carved out a loss 84 cents to settle at $6.04 with an exchange of 3,397 shares. PanJam Investment dropped 94 cents to end at $66.06, in finishing trading of 553 stock units, Sagicor Group rose 99 cents to end at $42.99 in exchanging 9,421 shares, Scotia Group increased $3.49 to $46.49 trading 55,656 units, Supreme Ventures gained 50 cents in ending at $15, with investors switching ownership of 24,033 units and Sygnus Credit Investments declined by 50 cents to close at $15.87 in an exchange of 13,780 shares.
In the preference shares segment of the market, Productive Business Solutions 9.75% advanced by $3 to close at $107, with 10,899 shares passing through the market.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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